The G-Shock 35th Anniversary Origin Gold Collection has just been officially announced by Casio and as we suspected all three models have a screw-back case. This collection will likely be one of the highest in demand for the year as it is the closest representation of the origin of G-Shock. With its buttons, buckles, and stainless steel band keepers given a gold IP treatment to commemorate the anniversary, the DW-5035D-1B, DW-5735D-1B, and GF-8235D-1B Frogman pay tribute to the first G-Shock model, the first round-face model, and the second-generation Frogman diver’s watch. The DW-5035D-1BJR (list price ¥20,000 JPY), DW-5735D-1BJR (¥20,000 JPY), and GF-8235D-1BJR (¥48,000 JPY) will be released on April 13 2018 in Japan. Unlike the original leaked photos, the DW-5735D and GF-8235D have gold-tinted LCD displays.
Update: The DW-5035D-1B, DW-5735D-1B, and GF-8235D-1B are also April 2018 releases in Asia. Casio America announced the DW5035D-1B, DW5735D-1B, and GF8235D-1B for May 2018 with a list price of $200 USD for the first two and $500 USD for the GF8235D-1B.
The DW-5035D-1B is based on the first G-Shock model ever released, the DW-5000C from 1983. (Reader Tak has pointed out that the color scheme resembles the DW-5000C-1B, which was one of the original 1983 models along with the DW-5000C-1A.) Like the original it has a screw-back stainless steel case and features the brick wall pattern surrounding the display. Also like the original it is battery-powered and has a standard LCD display. As with previous DW-5000 anniversary releases, the DW-5035D features the Project Team “Tough” logo in tribute to G-Shock creator Kikuo Ibe and his team of Casio engineers. Like the GW-5035A-1 35th Anniversary watch from late 2017, demand for the DW-5035D is expected to be extremely high as it is a must-have piece for serious collectors.
The DW-5735D is part of this year’s DW-5700 revival. The new DW-5700 series is based on the DW-5400 and DW-5700 from the mid-1980s which were the first round-face G-Shock watches. This model has a screw-back stainless steel case like the original DW-5700, so it is different than the standard DW-5750 releases of this year. The DW-5725B-7 Rising White model from the 25th Anniversary was also a screw-back, so this is not unprecedented, but it is a nice surprise with a model that we were not expecting this year.
G-Shock Frogman GF-8235D-1B
The base model (GF-8250) of the Frogman GF-8235D-1B is inspired by the exterior design of the second-generation Frogman DW-8200 from 1995. Like all Frogman models it has a screw-back stainless steel case and is an ISO Diver’s 200M watch. Unlike the early Frogman watches this one has Tough Solar power and a tide and moon graph. Zona Casio reports that this model has a DLC coating on the bezel and the rest of the case may be coated as well (no official confirmation on this yet but it does appear that the bezel has a DLC coating).
Photos via news.mynavi.jp
Another fan blog recently revealed an upcoming G-Shock 35th Anniversary collection and was kind enough to share the photos with us. Casio is going full retro with this “D Series” which includes the GF-8235D-1B Frogman, DW-5035D, and DW-5735D. These models have a gold theme with gold buttons and band keepers along with light gold lettering and display accents. (Update: The collection was on display at Baselworld 2018 and Japanese media referred to it as the “Origin Gold” collection.)